'''Edgar Lee Hewett''' (November 23, 1865 – December 31, 1946) was an American archaeologist
whose focus was the Native Americans in the United States|Native American
communities of New Mexico
and the southwestern United States
. He is best known for his role in gaining passage of the Antiquities Act
, a pioneering piece of legislation for the conservation movement
; as the founder and first director of the Museum of New Mexico
; and as the first president of the New Mexico Normal School, now New Mexico Highlands University
Hewett's dealings with Maria Martinez
, the great pottery|potter
of San Ildefonso Pueblo
, were instrumental in establishing San Ildefonso as a center for Native American pottery. He helped stimulate the rebirth of pottery as a significant folk art
form in the region.
Hewett also had a significant role in the formation of Bandelier National...